The genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy have always held a special place in the hearts of those in the LGBT community. For many queer folk, these genres offered visions of worlds where people who were different were not only accepted, but celebrated and cherished. These worlds were magical, places where even the meekest among their inhabitants could possess the most magnificent powers.
A few classic examples include X-Men, Wonder Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Torchwood and even the Wizard of Oz, all of which demonstrated how tenacious and resilient those outcast from “normal” society could be once they surrounded themselves with the sorts of friends and companions who saw and loved them for, well, them.
For many LGBT millenials, no piece of art better demonstrated this idea than Sailor Moon, the Japanese manga series that followed a group of school girls as they fought against the forces of evil. These girls defied gender stereotypes: they were girly, but also strong, flawed, but also incredibly smart and brave. They valued one another deeply and revealed to an entire generation of queer youth just how powerful friendship could be.
This influence has persisted into the present, as many of those original LGBT kids who became obsessed with Usagi and her pals in the late nineties continue to gather via fan conventions and online communities. The show is still so specifically popular with those in the LGBT community that Vice decided to create a mini-documentary chronicling the importance of the series.
It’s a touching and intimate look at the impact one piece of culture has had on a large swath of folks, many of whom credit the show with providing them a template by which they could learn about life, love and, ultimately, themselves.
Check it out below!